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LDP, Komeito, Ishin agree to jointly submit anti-gambling addiction bill to Diet

  • May 16, 2018
  • , Yomiuri , p. 4
  • JMH Translation

The Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), Komeito, and Nippon Ishin [Japan Innovation Party] agreed on May 15 to jointly submit a proposed basic law on gambling addiction prevention to the Diet on May 16. With these three parties combining their separate proposals, the bill is now likely to be enacted in the current Diet session.

 

The three parties had agreed on May 10 to incorporate certain proposals from Ishin’s bill into the bill submitted by the LDP and Komeito to the House of Representatives last December and to create a panel consisting of gambling addicts, gambling operators, and experts. The previous LDP-Komeito bill will be withdrawn.

 

Main points of gambling addiction prevention bill agreed upon by LDP, Komeito, Ishin 

Operators’ obligations

Operators of pachinko parlors and other facilities shall cooperate in the national and local governments’ addiction prevention measures and strive to give consideration to addiction prevention

Legislative measures

The government shall take legislative and fiscal measures necessary for addiction prevention

Drafting of basic plan

The government shall draw up a “basic plan for the promotion of gambling addiction prevention” and review this plan every 3 years

Creation of headquarters for addiction prevention

Create a headquarters for the promotion of gambling addiction prevention to be chaired by the chief cabinet secretary

Specialized council

Create under this headquarters a “council of concerned parties for the promotion of addiction prevention” consisting of gambling addicts, experts, and others; the headquarters must consult the council when drafting its basic plan

 

The ruling parties want to pass the basic law at the Lower House Committee on the Cabinet quickly so the committee can start deliberations on the implementing legislation for integrated resorts (IR) with casinos next week.

 

At an executive meeting of the Lower House Committee on Rules and Administration on May 15, they proposed to explain the objectives and hold interpellations on the implementing legislation at a Lower House plenary session this week, but the opposition parties refused. (Abridged)

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